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Is Love a Solution?

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Rabbi Rami

Is our capacity for compassion and kindness enough to resist the ‘dark psychic force’ threatening us?

I don’t expect Marianne Williamson to be the Democratic candidate for president in 2020, but I’m convinced that she is right about a “dark psychic force” taking over America. Her solution is love. Is that enough? Rabbi Rami: Love is enough because the love she is talking about is the result of a deep transformation of consciousness. The “dark psychic force” threatening us is the madness of zero-sum politics rooted in scarcity thinking that shuts down our capacity for compassion and kindness and promotes the idea that your success requires another’s failure. The only resistance to this force is spiritual transformation: awakening to the interdependence of all life and the non-zero, win-win, abundance thinking that Marianne calls love. I’m tormented by endless desires. How do I turn desire off? You can’t. Desire is to the mind is what foam is to beer. Don’t resist your desires or yield to them or even observe them from some detached perspective; just leave them alone. Instead, find some- thing that needs doing and do it— clean your house, do the laundry, go to work or school, take a walk, rea …

Rabbi Rami Shipiro

Rabbi Rami Shapiro is an award-winning author, essayist, poet, and teacher. His spiritual advice column, “Roadside Assistance for the Spiritual Traveler,” addresses reader questions pertaining to religion, spirituality, faith, family, God, social issues, and more. His latest book is Surrendered—The Sacred Art: Shattering the Illusion of Control and Falling into Grace with Twelve-Step Spirituality.

He has this to say about religion: “To me, religions are like languages: no language is true or false; all languages are of human origin; each language reflects and shapes the mindset of the civilization that speaks it; there are things you can say in one language that you cannot say or cannot say as well in another; and the more languages you know, the more nuanced your understanding of life. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multi-lingual. In the end, however, the deepest language of the soul is silence.”

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